It's nice to be making knives again and the new grinder is making my life very happy. As I have mentioned before, I am making this knife in commemoration of my second son earning his eagle scout advancement. I thought it might be nice for him to receive one of his proud father's knives to hopefully keep as an heirloom to pass down to his own son some day. Besides, my oldest son got one of my knives when he earned his eagle, and his little brother would feel left out if he didn't get one too.
I chose to use 440C for the blade. 440C is a classic stainless steel that produces a great blade with all the qualities that are necessary for a piece of cutlery. It holds a good edge, is fairly easy to grind, and polishes up nice and bright. I'll use 416 stainless steel for the bolsters and 6al4v titanium for the liners. I still haven't decided on scale material yet. I'm thinking some stabilized burl or maybe micarta.
It sure feels good to have a knife project underway again. I've been experiencing knife-making withdrawals for the last few weeks as I have been focused on making my grinder. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the bones are now in place. I'm really looking forward to grinding the hollow grind in the blade with my new grinder. I have no doubt that it will be a huge step up from my wooden disks with sandpaper edges (go to my shop tour page to see what I mean). Hopefully next week I'll get a chance to finish the blade and continue working on the handle. The more I think about it, the more I'm leaning toward using a piece of stabilized maple burl that has been dyed red and black for the scales. I think my son would really like that.
Thanks for stopping by the Robinson Edge.
- Brandant Robinson